Selecting machines for preventive maintenance (PM) is a matter of finding which ones would benefit most from PM while keeping maintenance costs down. You probably shouldn’t include every asset in your PM plan - at least from the start - so you need to prioritize.
Though preventive maintenance tends to be more cost-efficient than reactive maintenance, it still has its own costs:
For an asset that’s on its way out or that isn’t mission-critical, you might actually keep costs down by leaving it out of your preventive maintenance plan.
When selecting a machine to receive preventive maintenance, answer these questions for each asset:
Preventative maintenance can help the right asset operate more efficiently, improve uptime, and reduce the need for expensive repairs.
High priority assets will also benefit from predictive maintenance (PdM) down the road. If your ultimate goal is to transition over to a PdM program, starting your critical machines on a preventive maintenance schedule will aid in that transition.
On the other hand, a machine that isn’t mission critical or that’s going to be replaced soon won’t benefit much, if at all, from PM. In some cases, it may even end up costing you more as you devote time and resources to maintenance that doesn’t actually improve its performance or reduce downtimes.
If a machine:
Chances are, you’d benefit from selecting that machine for preventive maintenance. If it doesn’t meet those criteria, then revisit it once you've taken care of your high priority equipment.
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